Post Election Reflections: Covering the Campaign of 2010

Richard Benedetto, Founding Correspondent for USA Today, will lead a discussion on the proper role of a journalist


The end of the Labor Day weekend starts the final eight week sprint to the elections on November 2nd. With the House and the Senate up for grabs, incumbents and candidates are kicking their campaign machines into high gear. Pollsters, pundits and the press will be tracking every race and trying to guess the outcome!


A few days after the election, the Institute on Political Journalism will take stock of the elections with the annual collegiate journalism conference held in Washington, DC. “Post Election Reflections: Covering the Campaign of 2010” conference will give college students a chance to reflect and analyze the results of these historic elections.

We’ll hear from reporters fresh off the campaign trail, seasoned political observers along with veterans of the Washington press corps.

Fred Barnes, Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard, will offer his thoughts on the election results.


  • Campaign Overview: Winners & losers
  • On the Road with the Candidates: Journalists’ tales from the road
  • The New Political Landscape: What it all means for the President, Democrats & Republicans
  • Campaigns on Campus: How college journalists covered the elections
  • Campaign Press Operations: How candidates seek to influence the press
  • Press Report Card: How fair and balanced was the press coverage?
  • At the Heart of the Matter: From the economy to immigration, the issues that mattered to voters
  • Roundtable Discussion: What is the proper role of a journalist?
  • Mock Press Conference

For more information on the conference and to complete a registration form, please visit The early registration rate of $90 will be available until October 15. The final registration deadline is October 29. TFAS alumni will receive a special registration rate of $50.

Questions may be directed to Joe Starrs, IPJ Director, at or 202.986.0384.

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